Full Name
Will Cafaro
Member for
1 year 5 months
Volunteer Background
Homesteader & sustainability consultant. Specializing in tree crops, agroforestry, bamboo, mushrooms and organic gardening.We are ecological stewards trialling sustainable solutions to grow a healthier community and planet. We test all types of plants to see if they are good candidates for sustainable food production in Tennessee.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
Tree crops of all kinds & any vegetable or herbs I can get my hands on. Chestnuts, Hazels, Goumi, Quince, Bush Cherry, Sunchokes, Air Potatoes, Ginger, Tumeric, all the flowers!
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Hand pollination
Plant breeding
Time Commitment
Over 10 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Big field (1 - 5 acre)
Soil Details
Growing in a fertile bottomland in the foothills of Appalachia between the Cumberland basin & Highland Rim
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Annual vegetables
We are still meeting our neighbors
Southeast Tennessee is a very special zone, at the foot hills of the Appalachian mountains, we get a mix of different climate conditions. Parts of the smoky mountains are considered temperate rain forests and are more "sub-tropical" due to the moist gulf stream and winds we get from the gulf coast. The challenge is that we are also on a similar latitude as Deserts and drier regions like the Mediterranean, so we also can get droughts throughout the season, which is why we aim to develop adaptive & neglect tolerant plants for our rapidly changing climate.